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Berlusconi Tells Italian Firms to Keep Bribing After Orsi Arrest

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi criticized prosecutors for arresting Finmeccanica SpA’s ex-chief executive officer, Giuseppe Orsi, and said global companies that shun graft are destined to fall behind.

“Bribes are a phenomenon that exists and it’s useless to deny the existence of these necessary situations,” Berlusconi, 76, said today in a televised interview on state broadcaster RAI3. “These are not crimes. We’re talking about paying a commission to someone in that country. Why, because those are the rules in that country.”